SC 7 and SC 171 intersection feedback resumes Wednesday

SC 7 and SC 171 intersection feedback resumes Wednesday
May 25 13:46 2019 Print This Article

The next round of feedback on proposed SC 7 and SC 171 intersection improvements will resume Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at First Christian Church on Orange Grove Road. The four designs offered in November 2018 by Charleston County traffic officials resulted in 388 individual responses. The initial feedback ruled out putting a roundabout on Orange Grove Road and placing a cut-through road connecting Manchester Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. The respondents cited traffic flow and safety as their top concerns for the intersection plans.

The intersection plans were discussed at the monthly gathering hosted by Charleston City Councilman Peter Shahid Saturday at Charles Towne Landing. Charleston County Councilman Brantley Moody attended and said that invitations for the Wednesday meeting were mailed out to residents in neighborhoods close to the intersection and that radio ads are scheduled for next week. Moody wants to see more participation in this round of discussions. A recent presentation about the Main Road overpass project connecting West Ashley and Johns Island drew more than 500 participants. The SC7andSC171Intersection.com website will show the latest design proposals before the Wednesday meeting, which will have a drop-in format.

Shahid also told constituents that the City of Charleston is strictly enforcing its short-term rental ordinance. The ordinance allows homeowners to rent rooms to four or fewer adults and requires the homeowners to be present at the residences at the time of the rentals. Participating homeowners must have a current permit. Shahid said that there are currently 1883 short-term rental listings in the city on sites such as Airbnb and Vrbo and that 377 letters of non-compliance have been issued to participating homeowners since the ordinance was passed in 2018. There have been 80 convictions for non-compliance in the city’s livability court. Violators may be fined or have their permits revoked. If neighbors suspect a violation in short-term rental policy, they may report it to the Citizens Desk Helpline at 843-724-7311.